Preorder time! Man these Roman numeral post titles are getting unwieldy. I really did not think I was going to run this site for more than a year so I did not put much thought into it but generally speaking, I dislike change so I guess they will stay. Not that I think I’m going to run this site long enough to get there but “Preorder Outlook LIX” is going to be pretty funny.
Aya Kagura from se.kirara
It may come as a surprise that this is a figure I’ve been looking forward to for a while. She doesn’t have an impressive rack, she’s not dressed in a skanky outfit, and she’s obviously not an action girl. Despite all those deficiencies, I really like her character design, so much that I bought her Figma, even though I’m not much of a Figma collector. Admittedly, part of the reason I bought her figure was because I cannot resist being tastelessly, offensively immature. While no such opportunities present themselves with a static PVC figure – on the surface, anyway – I still do like this figure on its own merits and I’m definitely going to order it.
Mars – Mukai-san
This figure comes from the Real Art Project, the organization responsible for the awesome tentacle stand. I own a number of their vmf50 clothing and accessory products but I haven’t gotten any of their figures, and while I like how this one looks I’m not sure if I’m going to get this one either. She seems sorta lifeless, like she’s supposed to be a blow-up doll rather than an anime character, and having seen their doll stuff I’m not sure that’s not unintentional. I’m definitely going to keep buying their doll stuff, though; I’ve got a lot of their outfits and accessories and the aforementioned tentacle stand all waiting for 50cm Azone Saber.
Yukiko Amagi from Persona 4
The Persona franchise is riding the crest of a wave of popularity now, with Persona 4 having gotten a well-received (I think) anime series and with the game’s cast set to reprise their roles in the upcoming P4 remake on the PS Vita as well as appearing in an upcoming fighting game. None of this explains why this console generation is nearing its conclusion without a single core Persona or Megami Tensei game on the PS3 or Xbox 360, of course, but at least collectors can pick from a broad array of merchandise now. This version of Yukiko comes from MegaHouse and is part of their High Priestess line. At first I didn’t pay much attention to this figure; I like Yukiko but I’d say Rise is probably my favorite character in Persona 4. After giving this figure another look, however, I’m liking it more and more. Her face kinda reminds me of REFLECT’s work; she’s got a stern, serious, almost homicidal look. She’s also got some cute silly faces, though no drunk face, unfortunately.
Saber from Fate/stay night
A few weeks back, Good Smile Company conducted a poll to see which nendoroids, Figmas, and figures people would like to see get another production run. Saber Lily ~Golden Caliburn~ won, and so obligingly, Good Smile Company has decided to reissue Saber – the wrong Saber. This Saber is, of course, the Triumphant Excalibur version, and despite taking the bronze in the competition – and despite hitting the bargain bin within weeks of her original release – she’s coming again. I passed on her the first time, I passed on her when her price dropped to 3600 yen, but I’m not sure if I’ll pass on her a third time. I do kinda like how she looks, and curiously, of the six Saber figures I own, only one is of her in her iconic blue dress and battle armor costume (no points to anyone who guesses which figure that is).
Sen Tokugawa from Hyakka Ryouran Samurai Girls
Curiously, Senhime appears to be one of the most popular Samurai Girls characters, at least amongst figure makers. She’s getting yet another figure and this one puts her in a swimsuit. Not the most exciting stuff but I like her combination of flirtatiousness – I can’t believe that’s a real word – and shyness. Her top is also removable and she has nice breasts. This wouldn’t be the first swimsuit Sen figure I own since I bought Alphamax’s figure last year, but I’m thinking really hard about offloading that one and that would thus open up a spot for this one.
Charlotte Dunois from Infinite Stratos
Inexplicably, no maker seems inclined to make figures of either the Muv-Luv or the Infinite Stratos characters in their piloting suits (and no, the Bandai action figures don’t count). I can’t quite understand why that is, since it robs them of one of the most distinctive and attractive elements of their designs, but that’s the way it is. Charlotte is captured in a rather silly pose that is quite cute, but I don’t have a huge thing for bunnysuits and I don’t think I’m inclined to pay full price for this one. Not that that’s even an option, seeing as how this figure is already sold out at Hobby Search and Amiami. It’s bizarre how Kotobukiya’s Inia and now this figure have sold out so quickly. But then again, whenever I see this figure I can’t help smiling, and that’s not a bad trait for a figure.
Hibari from Senran Kagura
Hibari comes from the Nintendo 3DS game Senran Kagura, which is apparently about busty ninja girls who fight people and often get their clothes torn off while fighting. Times do change; I remember when Nintendo refused to allow blood in Mortal Kombat. Hibari is pretty cute, though I’m not much of a fan of the symbol-shaped pupils. I do like the gym shorts or swimsuit that she’s wearing, and that might be enough to entice me, but right now I’m still waffling.
Ignis from Jingai Makyou
It seems like Orchid Seed has been teasing collectors with this figure for years. She’s finally up for preorder and looking fantastic. She looks great with her dress on, she might look even better with it off, and I have this big thing for anime girls with bridal veils. This one is definitely ordered.
Nymph from Sora no Otoshimono
Nymph is the third Sora no Otoshimono bunnygirl figure from FREEing, following Ikaros and Astraea. I’m pretty sure I’m going to pass on the first two but Nymph looks pretty nice, particularly since her pose is more ass-centric than the other two. And she does seem to have a very respectable ass. I kinda like that they ditched the fishnet stockings for this figure, too. I like her collar. And of course, I really like that Nymph is 1/4 scale. What don’t I like? The price tag, which is about $200. I sorta figure that if you’re going to drop $200 on one figure, you ought to really like it. And I can’t say I really like this one – yeah, I like it, but I’m not going to feel like my collection has a big-ass gap if I don’t get it. On the other hand, I’ve paid more money for figures that I don’t care a ton for – shoot, I’ll probably be reviewing a $300 figure soon that has a problem so outrageous one has to wonder how the maker felt comfortable releasing it in its current state. Anyway, I’m gonna think about Nymph a bit more. Hobby Search’s half-price shipping deal might make this figure more attractive.
Reiko Date Wingfield from Fault!!
Alphamax is making another figure of a character from Fault!!, Ciel’s tennis club-themed eroge. The game appears to be getting a special edition with animated sex scenes and a new character named Maya Kamiwazumi. who looks sorta like a Tony Taka-designed Sakura Matou. It also says that she has a chilly personality, so I guess maybe she’s also like a Tony-designed Rin Tohsaka. Anyway, Reiko looks pretty great and it’ll be no surprise that I’m definitely getting this figure. She doesn’t actually look like a Tony character here, which I don’t think is necessarily a bad thing, given how overused his character designs are now (this sentiment may possibly stem from how disappointing Sega’s Shining series has become).
Inia Sestina from Muv-Luv Alternative Total Eclipse
Unsurprisingly, Alphamax is following up their figures of Cryska and Yui with one of Inia Sestina, one of the main characters of Muv-Luv Alternative Total Eclipse. The earlier figures were based off of artwork by Miyata Sou, but Inia’s figure goes for a conventional, standing-up pose – no real shock there since her pinup illustration doesn’t seem like it would work well as a figure. While I like this figure, Kotobukiya is also producting a figure of Inia in a swimsuit (sold out at Japanese retailers but available at BBTS for a very reasonable price) and they are thematically quite similar. I might still order this one but I’ll have to think about it some more; I do think I like it a bit more than the Kotobukiya figure, though.
Incidentally, one can see Inia in the upcoming Total Eclipse anime in the latest trailer. I’ve had some reservations about the anime’s character designs but they look pretty good there.
Sena Kashiwazaki from Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai
Another swimsuit figure from Alphamax; one wonders if they want to position their products as a larger-sized alternative to Wave’s Beach Queen series. The popularity of Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai has led to a profusion of figures, mostly of Yozora and Sena. This one looks pretty nice, capturing both her lively personality and her voluminous breasts. I might get it, though I have to say I don’t really care for the color of her swimsuit. I might feel otherwise if I had gone to UCLA, I guess.
Sometime in 2013
Asmodeus from The Seven Deadly Sins
Hobby Japan partnered with Alter to make figures of the Hyakka Ryouran Samurai Girls figures but for their Seven Deadly Sins figures, they’re rolling with Orchid Seed. The first figure to be released will be Asmodeus, not to be confused with the character from Umineko no Naku Koro Ni. At first I wasn’t sure if I was going to order this figure, for the simple reason that she looks really, really bulky with her clothes on. And by bulky I mean fat. I did decide to order this figure later (the version without the tissue box cover, which was out of stock at Tokyo Hunter when I placed my order. I wonder if I should ask if I can upgrade it; is a tissue box cover worth 1000 yen?) since she’s wearing some cool-looking leather bondage underwear. I don’t think I feel that compelled to collect all of the characters, though; of the seven I’d say I’m most interested in Asmodeus, Lucifer, and Satan.
On a different note, I can’t believe we’re already preordering figures not scheduled to drop until 2013.